Month: February 2016

NFF releases an official statement about its dealings with former coach Sunday Oliseh

In order to clear a lot of falsehood that has been making the rounds in sections of the media following the resignation of Coach Sunday Oliseh, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to make a statement regarding events relating to the employment and resignation of the Super Eagles Coach. First of all, the NFF would like to state that contrary to what few members of the media would have Nigerians believe, the appointment of Mr. Sunday Oliseh as Head Coach of the Super Eagles was thoroughly thought-through; it went through a meeting between himself and the Technical Committee and was ultimately approved by the entire Executive Committee of the NFF. The NFF had the best of intentions in hiring Mr. Sunday Oliseh, and despite the misgivings about his temperament (he himself alluded to this at his unveiling) he was seen as a bright young Coach able to take the Super Eagles to new heights. This view was premised on his resume, (having played in various countries around the world), his undoubted football knowledge and his currency of ideas (being a respected former Super Eagles Captain and a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group). The fact that from Mr. Oliseh’s perspective, the relationship had gone so awry to the extent that he resigned his appointment is unfortunate because despite the temporary financial difficulties which crept into the relationship in...

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Muhammadu Buhari : A Good President or not? | By: Tony Ogunlowo

Incumbent President Buhari has barely been in office a year and already the hawks have got their knives out for him. He can’t govern the country. He’s always flying abroad on state visits. The price of oil has plummeted, the Naira is freefalling in value by the minute and everything cost more than it did last year. And it’s all his fault…..  The opposition is having a field day mocking his mediocre achievements citing he’s more interested in chasing corrupt politicians than actually running the country. It always easy to criticize. Running a country like Nigeria, is not an easy task; there three major tribes and thousands of sub-tribes. There’s the Muslim North and the Christian South. There’s problems with Islamic militants in the North and eco-terrorists in the Delta states and that’s not counting a thousand and one more problems too numerous to mention. And the responsibility of keeping everybody and everything happy and working in perfect synchronisation lies on the shoulders of one man. And for this man to be able to discharge his duties as the President of  the Federal Republic of Nigeria, effectively, he needs just one thing – MONEY! As we all know money makes the world go round and the lack of it means that nothing gets done- you can’t pay workers, can’t commission new projects or overhaul existing ones, debts pile up...

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My words were misinterpreted. I don’t believe I’m better than anyone. – Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has denied throwing tantrums at his teammates in the wake of his side’s 1-0 defeat in the derby Atletico Madrid.  The Portuguese who was visibly angry after the clash yesterday was quoted  saying, “If everyone played at my level we would be in first place. ” And expectedly, he came under fire for his harsh remarks.  Clearing the air on the matter, the 3-time World best footballer said his statement was completely taken out of context.  “My statements were misinterpreted after the match. I wasn’t saying I’m better than others. I was just talking about the physical aspect and injuries. We had some tough losses like Pepe, Bale, Benzema, Marcelo and they did not allow us to offer our usual performance. I respect my teammates and I would never insult them. I don’t believe I’m better than anyone else.” He...

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Samson Siasia re-appointed coach of the Super Eagles

Following the resignation of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles coach yesterday, the Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Samson Siasia as coach of the national team. Coach of the Flying Eagles, Emmanuel Amuneke has also been appointed first assistant coach. Recall that Siasia was fired in October 2011 after a woeful performance in the qualifying rounds for the African Cup of Nations. He led the Flying Eagles to the final of the 2005 Fifa Under 20s. Siasia will work with  tactician Salisu Yusuf, FIFA U-17 World Cup, Emmanuel Amuneke and Alloy Agu for the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against...

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Gianni Infantino is the new FIFA President

Gianni Infantino has emerged the new  President for world soccer governing body, FIFA. He takes over from former President, Sepp Blatter who was axed due to allegations of corruption. The former lawyer garnered a total of 115 out of the 207 votes cast in the second round. The 45 year-old Swiss promised to help restore the image and respect of FIFA. His tenure will start from now till until 2019. Voting results Gianni Infantino: 115 votes Salman: 88 Prince Ali: 4 Jerome Champagne:...

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Tijani Babangida rises to Sunday Oliseh’s defence

Former Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh’s ex assistant, Tijani Babangida has risen to the defence of the erstwhile coach who was came under firw for quitting his role as national team handler just 8 months after being in charge. Tijani who was sacked by the NFF about a week ago revealed that Oliseh stepped down after he found out that NFF was secretly planning to replace him. . “We saw this coming. Nothing is hidden. Oliseh was reliably informed that NFF went to talk to Herve Renard to take over the job as Super Eagles coach. This is one of the things that violated the contract he signed when he became coach. He believes his employers are not supporting him to succeed; rather, they are planning for him to fail. Especially, with the crucial game coming up in a month’s time against Egypt for the AFCON qualifier. He feels if he is the problem, why will he be a stumbling block? Hence, his resignation. “He resigned so that NFF can do what they want to do. With match bonuses owed, salaries not paid, camping allowances too. The house NFF promised him has not even been secured for him. So, where will he stay when he comes to Abuja? Hotel?” ”So, many violations of his contract. No one can work like that. NFF cannot pay Oliseh N5million but they went promising...

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Oliseh is not the kind of person we thought he was – NFF

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire has described the resignation of the Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh as  ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’.  Speaking in an interview with the Nigeria Television Authority in Abuja, Olajire said “He is not the kind of person we though he was. He went on YouTube to abuse Nigerians. The Minister pleaded with the federation to allow him to remain in place for our next two matches. As you can see, he did not even wait for those matches.” He also stated that contrary to reports that he tendered a resignation letter  to the governing body, he said the NFF learnt about the latest development in the media.  On NFF’s next line of action,  Olajire added that “I cannot tell you what exactly they will do, but I can tell you that we will empanel a new set of technical hands for the team. And whatever Oliseh has mishandled in his few months in charge, they will have to...

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Short Story: Pristine | By: Morountodun (Vol 13)

Read Parts 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 of the Pristine series here, here  Here Here here here, here, here Here  here here and here Tayo and Dara connected in ways that never ceased to amaze her.  He was older, more mature and naturally more knowledgeable, and it fascinated her how much she learnt from him. His intelligence tripped her, but his humour got her everytime! She loved how he made her laugh without even trying sometimes. With him, she felt safe, like she could talk to him about anything, and for this she was grateful.  It was a relief to be able to open up to someone after the whole Chika saga, although she had known Tayo for barely two weeks and had to be as careful as possible. Her second time at his place, they had lunch and saw the first season of Modern Family. She got so engrossed, sprawled on the sofa, that when her eyes darted to her watch, it was already past ten. “How did time fly so fast?!” she exclaimed springing up to throw her phone she had been charging into her handbag. He drove her to the lodge, where she was appalled to find the gate locked when they got there at eleven. She became agitated when no one answered her knocks. A peek at Uju’s  back window suggested that she wasn’t in, but Chika was already out of town,...

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Sunday Oliseh resigns as Super Eagles manager

Nigeria senior national team coach, Sunday  Oliseh, has resigned as manager of the Super Eagles after 8 months in charge. The ex Nigeria international who took over from Stephen Keshi in July 2015 tendered his resignation letter to the Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday. “I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to Play,Captain & Coach this great Nation of ours, Nigeria. Due to Contract violations ,lack of Support,Unpaid wages, Benefits to my players, Asst.Coaches & myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach.” He wrote on his Twitter page. Confirming Oliseh’s resignation to Super Sports, The General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said. “Yes, we have received a letter from him and I can tell you he has resigned as coach of the national team (Super Eagles). I can tell you the content of the letter yet because we haven’t met to deliberate on it. We are in Zurich for the Fifa congress but as soon as we are through with the meeting, you will be in the know. ”  Details of his resignation letter below  Dear General Secretary of NFF,Object: Letter of Resignation. Due to incessant Violations of our signed agreement (Contract) I am hereby informing you of my decision to terminate our working collaboration signed in July 2015. The most important objective is for the Super Eagles Of Nigeria to qualify to...

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Zinedine Zidane’s son joins Real Madrid’s first team in training

According to reports, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane’s son, Enzo along with Martin Odegaard, Marcos Llorente and Carols Abad  have been temporarily called up to Real Madrid’s first team to replace the likes of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Pepe who are all injured. This will be the first time the 20 year-old will train for the Blancos with his father in...

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World’s oldest football league club up for sale

Notts County Football Club, the world’s oldest professional Football League club has been put up for sale following Chairman Ray Trew’s resignation today.  He cited  personal reasons and the treatment of his family as his chief reasons for stepping down.  Excerpts from Mr Trew’s letter for fans. “I must start by stressing that this is not me backing away from a challenge, I do not do that and, indeed, if I’d have wanted to I would have done so some time ago because it has been a difficult journey at times. “However, when my family are subjected to kind of foul, mindless abuse that they have been in recent days, both in person and courtesy of the oh so brave keyboard warriors, regardless of whether this is just the minority ruining it for the larger supporter base, I have to make changes. “That said, whilst I have a somewhat bad taste in my mouth from the vitriol spouted by some, I do not walk away lingering on any negativity but instead will take with me the many happy memories that I have accrued from my time at Meadow...

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Afghan ‘plastic bag’ boy gets a gift from Lionel Messi

Awww! The 5 year-old Afghanistan boy who made headlines several weeks ago after he made a jersey out of a plastic bag has gotten his dream gift from his hero, Lionel Messi. The Argentine gave him  signed jerseys and a football. The message on the shirt reads, ‘Messi Loves You. “I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me,” Murtaza said after receiving the...

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Student graduates from UNILAG with record 5.0 CGPA

 Daniel Dada Ayodele has received recognition for his academic prowess for graduating from the University Of Lagos with a record 5.0 CGPA, the highest CGPA attainable. This was disclosed by the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahman Bello during a pre-convocation media briefing held yesterday at the University’s Senate Chamber.  The graduate of Psychology will be the first student to ever graduate from the prestigious institution with the...

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John Terry helps 9 year-old girl hit by a car.

Chelsea defender, John Terry has been commended for springing to action and caring for a  9 year-old  girl who was hit by a car near his house in Surrey.  A witness at the scene of the  incident said ‘John arrived just after it happened and  was at  the scene of the accident with  the young girl.  The emergency services  had already been   called, but John got onto the  phone to local people in the  area who he knew were nearby – as he thought might be able to help her   quicker.  He then went back to his car to get out a blanket or a jumper, and placed it over the the  child to help calm them down. He wanted to try and make the girl  as  comfortable as possible. Then he stayed with her  until  the ambulances  came, caring for her as best as he could. He was only doing what anyone  else would have done in the same...

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Buhari and the Solution to the Nigerian Currency Quagmire | By :Femi Pedro

Our nation is currently submerged in a currency crisis. The value of our national currency is tumbling against the dollar on a daily basis, and our foreign exchange reserves continue to dwindle as a result of the continuous fall in the price of crude oil. In recent months, there has been a rigorous debate as to whether the devaluation of our currency is the answer to these problems, and what specific measures need to be put in place to stabilize our currency and prevent further damage to our fragile economy. As the debate rages on, the damage to the naira, the economy, and the psyche of our people has intensified. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) appears to have lost significant control of the situation, and speculators, currency traffickers and perpetrators of arbitrage have seized the initiative in the parallel market. It is fair to say that under President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure, the Nigerian Financial Sector has endured its reasonable share of activity and critical scrutiny. Three major incidents have stood out, and these incidents are intertwined in terms of the collective impact they have all had on the sustained call to devalue the Naira. First, in the past year alone (dating back to the previous administration), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reeled out a series of policy reforms on the foreign exchange market that has sent...

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Lagos State commits to ending violence against children

  Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode today at the Federal Palace Hotel Lagos launched a groundbreaking campaign to end violence against children. By doing so, Lagos became the first State in Nigeria to respond to the call of the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for every State to initiate their own campaigns during the national Year of Action to End Violence against Children, which was launched on 15th September 2015. Today’s launch is a collaboration between Lagos state, the US Mission in Nigeria, UNICEF and other development partners.  “We have a clear moral, legal and economic imperative to end violence against children” says Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, “We cannot allow the findings or the priority actions to remain on paper” Millions of children suffer violence every year in Nigeria – approximately 6 out of every 10 children experience some form of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18 years, according to the Nigeria Violence against Children Survey, carried out by the National Population Commission, with support from UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey, which was presented to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais at the Lagos State launch by the Chairman of the National Population Commission Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), found that:...

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The Power of Forgiveness : How To Let Go Of Bitterness & Forgive Those Who Hurt You.

An article by Tony Ogunlowo How many times have you been wronged in your life and desperately want revenge to even the score or to put your mind at rest? Countless times without any doubt. You can’t eat or sleep because your every waking moment is consumed with getting revenge on the person who wronged you. Even though the Good Book tells us to turn the other cheek and you might have mouthed ‘I forgive you’ to the person who wronged you there’s still that burning anger within you that will know no peace until you get your own back. If you’ve been wronged it’s not easy to forget until the other person is punished. Psychologically it changes our perspective on life; we feel betrayed and find it difficult trusting people, we question the word ‘justice’ and why it’s failed us, we want to know why guilty people are walking around unpunished. Like a festering wound it grows in our minds, consuming our lives until the only way out is to seek revenge. Revenge can sometimes be a bitter-sweet-pill; on the one hand we derive satisfaction from getting our own back on those who wrong us but on the other hand we risk turning into the monsters they are. We spend so much time plotting or devising our perfect revenge on them not realizing that by every minute we’re...

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